The Sacrifices and Offerings

Offerings and sacrifices.

When Yeshua said he was here to fulfill the law, yet he is not reported to have participated in any offering or sacrifice; then that mercy is desired instead, that He is not come to abolish the law or the prophets, that we must worship father in spirit and that His words are spiritual; then there must be a spiritual connection and significance to each offering and sacrifice since He did not expressedly abolished them but in the contrary even recommended to people whom he cured to make the offering prescribed by the Torah. If we are to love Father in All our actions, then these offerings and sacrifice MUST have a meaning somewhat related to that, while answering all of the above spiritual connections. So I started peeling off the layer of physicality, in hope of finding that spiritual symbol supposedly hidden. I looked into the nature of the object/animal; I sought to relate it to any human behavior and see if there was a connection. In brief i asked for and let the Spirit show the meanings.

Some sacrifices. What would a lamb do to redeem anything? What would a bull, a dove? Yet if father had those laws written, they must mean a great deal. To understand we must look at it from different point-of-views at the same time.

Context. What is the mentality of a shepherd? What is the meaning of an animal for a shepherd? What is the meaning of oil and flour for a farmer? What does an animal in its prime strength and youth, pure and without blemish means to a shepherd?
A shepherd lives for his animals, they are his brothers, his livelihood. The best of the youngest is the most prized, the most important part of his life; any new born is highly sought after in any market. Parting with it is like giving away an arm or a leg.
Meaning of sacrifice. Sacri-fice, in western European= making holy (sacri= holy; ficere= to make), so for our point of understanding, a sacrifice is not meant to be a hardship but a dedication to the holy one. Again: ’my commandments are not grievous’. So then what is the meaning behind those sacrifices?

The blood. The blood is life. Would sprinkling with blood then symbolizes the gift of life? In a desert culture, it is akin to water

Water is life. No water no life. That is simple.

Smoke and vapor. They float up and away, they rise like a spirit; they symbolize therefore the Spirit.

Let’s consider the bullock. It is simply considered as an animal of strength. Could then it be possible that the bullock represent strength. It is so with the aleph, which is the bull. If so then sacrificing a young, unblemished, unyoked bullock would mean: to make holy your first, purest, best strength. Indeed, thou shall love the Lord thy G-d with all thy strength [ ]. So then the bullock represents the strength. Would then the heifer represent our feminine strength, our emotional strength, the strength of the heart?
Then sprinkling or applying the blood of a bullock would mean that your best strength gives life to your body when dedicated to father. If placed upon the thumb and the big toe, it would mean to give strength to the work of your hands and to your walk, because it is blood made holy, it would mean that the strength given is to do father’s work and walk His ways.
The lamb. So innocent, so obedient, so pure. Can it represent our innocence, obedience and purity? Recalling the bullock’s case, sprinkling the blood of a lamb would here mean that innocence and obedience gives life to what is sprinkled upon.
Thus when the seat of mercy is sprinkled on Yom Kippur, it means that innocence (unyoked bull), strength (of faith) and purity (of heart) activate the mercy of father; in other words, to enter into, to give life to the Spirit, you must come in innocence and obedience and strength and purity in your heart, and the Mercy of father will have life in you. Keep this in mind for the feasts.
When it is on the altar that the blood is sprinkled, the altar feeding your temple, it means that this innocence and obedience gives you life, the innocence and obedience of a perfect child which is made holy.

So it is with pass-over. where the lamb’s blood is shed and brushed over the doorposts and lintels. This means that the household is innocent and obedient, meek and clean. Thus the blood of the Lamb cleanse with innocence.

The offerings are a bit trickier, because they are not alive; therefore they have no obvious characteristics that we can immediately associate with a dedication of some sort. However, given the hidden meanings of the letters, I sought to look at the names given as acronyms and see if a meaning came about. We understand that once consecrated, the meaning relates to Father. This is some examples of what I found- these are my interpretations, yours can be as valid- not in any order-:

The son. To be the son/daughter means to unite as One with the Father whereas the ‘son dislays all powers and faculties of the father as the father is represented by the sons and the sons are the spitting image of the Father- see ‘in heaven’.

The covenant. Covenant means coming together as one: co=together+venant=coming. thus the covenants with God are all geared toward unity, oneness with Him. any promise is a covenant, a pact, an agreement in which and by which all parties involved accept to be in accordance with each other for the subject matter treated. They come as One.

Keeping this in mind, perceive it in the following interpretations:

Cassia wood (This makes the box of the ARK). ‘Qiddah’: קדה qof, dalet, hey. ‘sun setting behind horizon= behind/evening/hidding’+’door/entry’+divine focus/attention’. ‘behind the door is your focus= leads to the hidden place/ what you want is behind this door, hidden within. in other words, the cassia wood enhances the access to the divine.

Oil. ‘Shemen’: שׁמן shin, mem, nun. ‘eat/consume/destroy/teach’+’water/chaos/cleansing/life’+’seed/son/fruit/life’. So the oil destroys the chaos of life, or it teaches life to/of the son. It cleans you so you become the son. Isn’t that the message of the anointment? in other words, it cleanses to allow the living water to make you into a son [of the divine].

Fine flour. ‘Solet’: סלת samekh, lamed, tav. ‘hand clenched holding/hold/grab/grasp/cleave/cling/fasten’+’divine guidance/goad/control/shepherd’+’seal/signature/covenant’. Holds the control of the covenant/ holds the spiritual guidance of the divine mark. in other words, offering fine flour means to promise to hold tight to the guidance of the covenant.

Wafer. ‘Raqiq’: רקיק resh, qof, yud, qof: ‘head/person’+ ‘behind/hidden/after’+’arm(member)/work’+ ‘behind’. A sign of renewal; forget the old, be born anew.
So when a wafer is made of oil and fine flour, it means that with it, you become a new person with the spiritual guidance of the covenant as you become the son, clean as a new born.

Wheat. ‘Chitah’: חטה Chet, tet, hey. ‘fence/barrier/infinity (#8)’+’basket/container’+’attention/divine focus. A barrier that contains your attention/focus. It sets you apart. So wheat offerings instill that you wish to focus on Him by separating yourself as in a cocoon.

Bread.’ Lechem’: לחם lamed, chet, mem. ‘goad/divine guidance/control’+’fence/barrier/infinity’+’water/chaos/life’. ‘controls the barriers against chaos’/ ‘separates guidance of the Spirit from the chaos’/’the divine guidance that brings eternal life’. Isn’t that the message of being the bread of life?
Note: Lechem means essentially: staple food. it is found to mean meat or even fish depending on the locality and the main diet thereof. thus being the bread winner does mean to be the main provider. it is there to also be taken at large with the meaning of ‘nourishment that sustains life in you’.

Oven. ‘Tanur’: תנור tav, nun, vav, resh. ‘sign/signature/covenant’+’ son/life’+ ‘add/unite’+ ‘person/head/leader’. It ‘adds the covenant of life to a person’ or ‘adds a person to the covenant of the son’. So by baking any offering, you are engaging to engrave in your mind to continue in the covenant of sonship, your promise to walk by our Father’s commandments.

Barley. ‘Seorah’: שׂערה Shin, ayin, resh, hey. ‘cut/eat/destroy/consume/teach’+’eye/experience’+’head/leadership/person’+’focus/divine’. It destroys the experience of the first focus/ teaches to see the head of the divine (teaches the experience of the leadership of the divine).

Vine. ‘Gafen’: גפן Gimmel, pey, nun. ‘foot/camel’+’mouth/speach’+’son/seed/life’. You walk, you talk like the son. The fruit of the vine is then that you walk the walk and talk the talk of life, of the son (of the divine). In other words, a vineyard is the practice ground of obedience as sons, the vine teaches the walk, and provides the sweet taste of life by abiding to it.

Fig. ‘Te’enah’: תאנה Tav, aleph, nun, hey. ‘end(seal/covenant)’+ ‘beginning (strength/ox)’+ ‘son/seed’ + ‘Father/focus’. A ‘sign of strength for a life in focus’/ ‘the mark of a leader to live holy’/ ‘the covenant strengthen the son [who is] focused’/ ‘the signature of the strenght of the son in his father’; also: ‘in the end, the strength of the son [will be] the focus’. In other words, an offering of figs means that you promise to abide with all your strength as a son to the Father.

Pomegranate. ‘Rimon’: רמון Resh, mem, vav, nun. ‘head/person’ + ‘water/chaos/life’+’add’+’son/seed/life’. When ‘the chaos within a person is given life’ (as it is being cleansed), the leadership of the water (immersion?) unites to the son.

Honey. ‘Debash’: דבשׁ Dalet, bet, shin. ‘door/entry’+’house/in/home’+’eat/consume/destroy/teach’. Though it could be interpreted as the door to the house of destruction, we need be careful, for all interpretations can be negative. ‘Choose life it is written’ so it is a choice. I chose: ‘leads to clean the house’/ ‘conducive to a house of teachings’/’opens your “within” to be taught’. So offering honey means to open your house to teachings.

Milk. ‘Chalab’: חלב Chet, lamed, bet. ‘fence’+’goad/divine guidance’+’house/inside. ‘A barrier around the guidance in the house’/’sets apart the control of your house’/’ it protects the divine guidance within you’.

So milk and honey ‘cleans your house and sets it apart’, ‘protects the control and the teachings’, and ‘opens you to the divine guidance and protects you’.

Olive. ‘Zayith’: זית Zayin, yud, tav. ‘weapon/plow’+’arm(member)/work’+’seal/covenant/signature’. It is a ‘weapon that works the covenant’/ ‘makes your tools work the covenant’/’Israel (the olive) is the weapon that carry out the work of the covenant and, in time of peace (the weapon is turned into a plow), it engraves and prepares the field for the covenant; in other words, Israel is the warrior and the laborer of the covenant.
So olive oil is a weapon/tool of the covenant that cleanses you to become the son.

Ram. ‘Ayl’: איל Aleph, yud, lamed. ‘ox/strength’+’arm(member)/work’+’goad/guidance from above. ‘Strengthens the work of the divine control/guidance’/reinforces the work of the shepherd’.

Heifer. ‘Eglah’: עגלה Ayin, gimmel, lamed, hey. ‘eye/experience/discernment’+’foot/camel/walk’+’goad/divine guidance/control’+’attention/focus/divine’. To make you see and walk in control and focused [on Him]’/perceive the walk of the divine focus (basically it opens your eyes to see and experience the proper walk under the guidance of the shepherd that leads you to the center of your attention: Him).

Ewe. ‘Rachel’: רחל Resh, chet, lamed. ‘head/person/lead’+’barrier/fence/infinity (#8)’+”goad/divine guidance/control/shepherd’. ‘The person [must be] the fence around His guidance’/’a king (leader) has infinite leadership’- because the ewe is feminine, it implies nurturing values, and because she is a lamb, it implies stewardship, meekness, submission, therefore the ewe is: ‘a humble nurturing leader who is a protector of the divine guidance’ forever.

She-goat. ‘Ez’: עז Ayin, zayin. ‘Eye/experience’+’ weapon/plow’. It transforms your experience into a weapon of discernment. In other words, sacrificing a she-goat- ‘female’ implying ‘nurturing’, yet ‘goat’ implying ‘rebellion’- means to offer to the Lord your rebellion as a nurturing weapon at His service.

Ox. ‘Shor’: שׁור Shin, vav, resh. ‘Destruction/consume/teach’+ ‘add/unite’+ ‘person/head/leader’. It reinforces a person’s thoughts by teachings and cleansing/destroying [the useless]. Being sign of strength, then sacrificing your best, unyoked bull means offering to God your pristine strength to cleanse and re-unite your thougths [in Him].

Dove/pigeon. ‘Yonah’: יונה Yud, vav, nun, hey. The prophet Jonas. ‘arm (member)/work’+’add/unite’+’son/seed/life’+’focus/attention/divine’. ‘It makes your work become alive when focused [on Him]’/’it unites your labor with the son of the divine’. in other words, when sacrificed, the gentleness of the dove, often a sign of love, is to give to the Almighty your labor as a sign of love to be united with the son, with life (thus become a son forever) in Him, the center of your focus. This is why it is prescribed as an offering as a dedication of the first born: the fruit of your labor dedicated to HaShem.

Turtle dove. ‘Tor’: תור Tav, vav, resh. ‘seal covenant/signature’+’add/unite’+’head/leader/person’. Covenant added to the head/ it adds/ties a person to the covenant. Offering a turtle dove means to bring to God your thougths, your leadership in communion with the principles of the covenant. another way to look at it is as a cry of rally: ” Promise, unity, and leadership”

Young pigeon. ‘Gozol’: גוזל Gimmel, vav, zayin, lamed. ‘foot/camel/walk/travel’+’add/unite’+’plow/weapon’+’goad/divine guidance/control’. It joins your walk and your weapons/tools to [His] control/guidance – joins your pride and your creative artistry for [him to] control and guide them.

To be continued…

Published on July 13, 2010 at 5:57 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hi Fabicio
    Good insight on the spiritual meaning for the sacrifices.
    I will read the more

    • Shalom!
      escribi otra pagina el Jueves de noche. no la he terminado, pero es como un resumen de lo que hemos estado hablando. aun tenga que presentar todavia la venida de Mashiach. en eso estare trabajando.
      lo que leeras fue escrito de una vez en 4 hrs. espero te ministre.

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